Michael A. McFadden

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Many amphibians have declined globally due to introduction of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Hundreds of species, many in well-protected habitats, remain as small populations at risk of extinction. Currently the only proven conservation strategy is to maintain species in captivity to be reintroduced at a later date. However,(More)
The pathogenic chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) can cause precipitous population declines in its amphibian hosts. Responses of individuals to infection vary greatly with the capacity of their immune system to respond to the pathogen. We used a combination of comparative and experimental approaches to identify major histocompatibility(More)
The goal of the study was to compare a cathode-ray-tube (CRT) digital display with film by using task-dependent image quality assessment methods. Contrast-detail analysis was utilized. Human observers performed a simple detection task, specifically, detecting a pillbox target in a uniform Poisson field, using either film or a digital display that employed a(More)
AIMS To conduct an empirical investigation of the efficacy of law enforcement in reducing heroin supply in Australia. Specifically, this paper addresses the question of whether heroin purity levels in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) could be predicted by heroin seizures at the national level by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in the preceding(More)
Contrast-detail (CD) analysis was used to compare the low-contrast detectability of computed radiography (CR) and screen-film (SF) as applied to the task of adult chest radiography. A phantom was constructed and imaged using the same exposure factors throughout all experiments. Within-observer variance, between-observer variance, and image sample variance(More)
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